Whole Grains Fight Visceral Fat

Visceral fat surrounds your internal organs and has the potential to be a bigger long-term health issue than the subcutaneous fat found under your skin. What can you do about reducing this unseen fat? A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests switching to whole grains. Researchers found that people who consumed several servings of whole grains each day while limiting refined grain consumption to less than one serving experienced a 10% reduction in visceral fat.

True Strength Moment: It’s important to note that you can’t have it both ways with oatmeal, bread and pasta. Study subjects who consumed 2 daily servings of whole grains while continuing to eat refined grains didn’t see a reduction in fat. How can you tell if grains are whole as opposed to refined? Just look for the words ‘Whole Grain’ on the label’s ingredients list. If you see ‘Refined’ in there anywhere, keep looking.